Malibu resident Bonnie Sanders has produced the play, “Elizabeth Shakespeare and the Astute Detective,” along with writer Abraham Alan Ross and Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo, 50-year owners of the Santa Monica Playhouse.
The producers are donating all proceeds to help keep the landmark Santa Monica Playhouse going for another 50 years. Opening on Aug. 13, the play runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for six weeks at the playhouse.
The plays tells the story of Astute Detective Tad Maxwell, an Oxfordian, who believes that Edward de Vere, The Earl of Oxford, was the true author of William Shakespeare’s works. Elizabeth Shakespeare, a sexy Strafordian, is positive that none other than William Shakespeare was the true author of his plays and sonnets. Tad tries to coax Elizabeth to his point of view via his antique computer that is able to conjure up both the Bard and the Earl from their four centuries’ demise.
Elizabeth fights her physical and mental attraction to this romantic iconocalst with much at stake and it gets down to a duel of wits about wills and Wills.
“Finally, after 400 years, the truth about William Shakespeare, the greatest hoodwink in the literary world is unmasked. Who really did write those ‘Shakespeare’ plays?” Sanders said in an interview with The Malibu Times. “The eventual outcome will surprise and delight Oxfordians, Stratfordians, and even those who don’t know their ‘Othello’ from their ‘Pericles.’”
Sanders, has lived with her husband, Bill, in Malibu for more than 40 years. Their four children attended Malibu and Santa Monica Schools from kindergarten through high school. As an instructional aide at Webster School for 27 years, Sanders produced and directed many children’s plays.
More information can be obtained online at www.santamonicaplayhouse.com.